Proposal “BLOCKCHAINAIConferenceMerchantsAdoption“ (Active)Back

Title:Please downvote. New proposal posted https://www.dashcentral.org/p/BusinessandMerchantIntegrationinNigeria
Owner:Nathanielluz
Monthly amount: 47 DASH (5170 USD)
Completed payments: no payments occurred yet (3 month remaining)
Payment start/end: 2018-09-17 / 2018-12-15 (added on 2018-09-12)
Final voting deadline: in passed
Votes: 298 Yes / 234 No / 53 Abstain
Will be funded: No. This proposal needs additional 432 Yes votes to become funded.
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Proposal description

This proposal will help Dash achieve adoption and use in Africa. It entails sponsoring the Blockchain Conference, to organising a conference monthly for 2 months for Merchants who wish to start accepting Dash. We're also going to get some staff to join the business integrations and development arm. We will be rolling out between 5 - 10 major integrations for Dash.

In total, we will reach out to over 500 merchants and sign up about half of them on discoverdash.com.

We will be doing these and more for less than 1% of the budget this month.

What are MNOs saying?

TanteStefana
This team is so hard working, they cost so little when compared to Venezuela and do just as much. They are behind Venezuela now because they haven't been funded all summer. Really, the comments I see from some MNOs are so unfair, and considering the potential Africa holds, having such a dedicated team on the ground who have reached out to neighboring countries (by invitation, not by spending funds that we've given them for other things) we can set the continent on a roll never seen before. Give the people the freedom, and the rapers will lose. This will set off a Renascence in Africa, it simply can do nothing else. It is human nature to grow when allowed to. Dash's network will grow from this now, not much but slowly. However 10 to 20 years from now, Africa will bey like China with or without Dash (the genie is out of the bottle). Lets make it WITH Dash!
 

Some ongoing integrations are:

Yellowcard.io is the first cryptocurrency gift card that allows people buy cryptocurrency from local stores. They're present in 160,000 locations globally and 55,000 locations across 13 African countries including Nigeria, Ghana, and Zimbabwe. This would allow people buy Dash is smaller denominations. Exchanges usually have a minimum of $100 for any trade. But with this, people can buy Dash offline worth $5, $10, $20, $50. Having this will greatly solve the existing liquidity issues of Dash.

Kindly note: 10 integrations are in the pipeline and will have announcements on them as they're successfully sealed.

COMPARISON OF DASH ADOPTION IN NIGERIA BETWEEN 2017 AND 2018



S/N

KPI

2017

 2018

1

Exchanges

None

Satowallet, Truexgold, Coinoyo, Coindirect, WegoEx, Gredo E-currency, and several others

2

Users

Little or None

Highest users of Dash to refill airtime for 5 months in 2018 (as at last count)
Growing demand to have Dash being used for flight, utility bills, and businesses.

3

Businesses

 Few

More would be on boarded as the 2 withholding factors, POS denominated in naira and a major exchange for
liquidation has been resolved.


4

Ambassadors

Less than 5

Over 250 Ambassadors have taken the ambassadors course on dashafrica.org

5

Events

Few. Mainly meetups

Several. Lost counts

6

Integrations

None

Yellowcard.io, Coindirect, Bitpesa, Luno, Uber, Belfrics, Cryptostorez and several others

7

Wallets

Few from meetups

Over 4,000
Pre-proposal link
Dash Africa Website
Forum thread
What we will do

1. Attend the Blockchain Conference Abuja 19th-20th of October, 2018 at Ladi Kwali Hall, of Sheraton Hotels, Abuja, Nigeria.

2. Hold a conference for businesses and merchants adoption in 2 states for 2 months November and December 2018

3. Integrate Dash to major Blockchain/ Cryptocurrency platforms such as; Kurecoin (exchange and bank), Bitpesa (remittances) Yellowcard (Sales of Small denominations of Dash such as $5, $10, $20 $50), Cryptostorez (E-commerce). 

4. Sign up the Merchants/ Businesses on discoverdash.com

5. Assist with the technical aspects of the integrations (We have the support of Dash Core and their availability for this)

6. Demo videos on how to use the integrations

7. Marketing and outreach to more businesses to accept Dash.

8. Documentary on businesses accepting Dash

9. There’d be a monthly follow-up/ support for the businesses/merchants for three months

10. They would get a Dash kit

11. They’d take the course on dashafrica.org to get them familiar with Dash

12. Publications on major crypto and blockchain media outlets
13. Local publicity for the Dash Accepting businesses

Nathaniel Luz @ROTC is the Executive Director of Dash Africa, a Dash Funded Organisation committed to representing and promoting Dash in Africa. He is credited with having raised new Dash ambassadors, taken Dash to other countries and spearheading business integrations such as Yellowcard, Bitpesa, Kurecoin, Cryptostorez, and others still in the pipeline.

It is time to have Dash Fintech conferences in other parts of Nigeria. These are not conferences for students and youth, they are conferences for professionals and Business owners. These are our best shots at mass adoption.

A cost efficient method would be to sponsor/ partner with other major Blockchain events in the country. The first of this will be to Sponsor the annual BLOCKCHAIN & AI Conference in Nigeria.


Abuja Blockchain and AI Round-Table: Beyond Cryptocurrencies
, will hold from the 19th-20th of October, 2018 at Ladi Kwali Hall, of Sheraton Hotels, Abuja, Nigeria.

This conference is a great opportunity to meet other companies we would approach to integrate Dash.


Benefits of Dash Sponsorship: Blockchain & AI Conference in Nigeria

Dash will stand to enjoy wide range of benefit, which are:

1. Raise Dash awareness and create preferences

2. Get more businesses to adopt Dash as means of payment

3. Visibility before industry leaders who will integrate Dash in their businesses

4. Dash community expansion and bring new investors

5. Market Dash product and services with attractive content

6. Generate internal commitment to Dash in Nigeria

Sponsorship gives us:

1. 30 minutes speaking opportunity to pitch dash
2. Booth at the event
3. Opportunity to co-host the evening networking event
4. All participants would set up a dash wallet and get a tip
5. Dash to be a means of payment at the event
6. Visibility of dash in the press



Dash Business Adoption Campaign

This is a campaign solely to sign up new businesses, merchants, and companies to Dash. This campaign will run for 2 months and would reach over 500 companies/ businesses / merchants.


Some ongoing integrations are: Yellowcard, Bitpesa, Tradefada, Cryptostorez, Kurecoin and several others.

TV interview
 



PROPOSAL VIDEO
 

Kindly note that detailed plans including funding breakdown are available in here: https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/taking-dash-to-blockchain-ai-conference-other-parts-of-nigeria.40401/

141/ 3 = 47 Dash for 3 months

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Discussion: Should we fund this proposal?

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0 points,1 month ago
Downvoted as requested
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0 points,1 month ago
Yes. And kindly see the new proposal
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0 points,1 month ago
New proposal posted:

We commit to deliver 4 large integrations each for Dash in the months of November and December.

Kindly vote our proposal here

https://www.dashcentral.org/p/BusinessandMerchantIntegrationinNigeria
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0 points,1 month ago
New proposal coming soon. See preproposal here:

https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/dash-nigeria-redesigned-bizdev-first-approach.41006/#post-198528
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0 points,1 month ago
https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/dash-nigeria-redesigned-bizdev-first-approach.41006/#post-198528
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1 point,1 month ago
YES....even though this team clearly hypes things out of proportion with various claims. Please keep it real.
I like the idea of Dash being included in a savings plan.
Beyond this proposal: Exchanges need to be targeted to use Dash 'InstantSend'
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0 points,1 month ago
Thanks for your support.

Expect amazing results when we pass.

We've it included in our plans.
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0 points,1 month ago
Should these 188 Dash burn?: Business Decisions in Turbulent Times

Whilst several proposals are yet to pass in the voting cycle that ends in an hour, there's a whooping sum of 188 Dash about to be burnt as proposals are yet to get the required amount of votes to have them allocated.

Calling on MNOs to kindly check out existing proposals and cast their votes.

Worthy of mention is that African Proposals are being neglected deliberately, with racist abuses metted out on the proposal owners in a matured environment such as this.

We encourage MNOs to vote for our proposal to enable us conclude major business integrations, attend the Blockchain Conference and organise 2 merchant adoption conferences.
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0 points,1 month ago
Dear MNOs: Let's do this

1. We've responsed to a lot of questions in the last few days and we're glad for these conversations. All corrections regarding our presentation have been taken into consideration. We also noticed that all Africans are grouped as 1. We don't accept this generalisation and are working on a rebrand already.

2. Voting us in this cycle means all integrations would be launched as planned, approximately 1 integration weekly. We have been working with Yellowcard.io for the last 4 months, Kurecoinhub.com for 2 months, please make this count.

3. With space in the budget and a few hours to go, our current proposal should be a success, if not satisfied with our results in the next few weeks, we can be downvoted.

Dear MNOs, let's do this.

Thanks for your support.

Nathaniel Luz
dashafrica.org
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2 points,1 month ago
Hi Nathanielluz, I notice looking at the breakdown of the costs that most of them directly have nothing to do with the business integrations:

Venue $1,500

Refreshment $1,800

Conference materials $1,000 (why can't this be reused?)

Banners $200 (why can't this be reused?)

Shirts 12 * 100 = $1200 and 10 shirts $15 = $150 (why the different prices)

2 Rollups $100 = $200 (why can't this be reused?)

Logistics $400

I'm not sure what the new wallet costs are for? Are these to help with integrations secured such as Yellowcard.io or just promotional?

$3 for 300 new wallets $900

Giveaway: $600 for 200 new wallets ($3 each)

The basis for your post here seems to be we'll lose out on getting these integrations: https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/alert-dash-major-adoption-plans-about-to-be-forestalled.40868/#post-197835

but it's confusing what the strategy is or what your current relationships are with yellowcard.io, Bitpesa, etc? How does this stall the yellowcard integration if it doesn't pass? You just list information about the companies and nothing about your direct relationship with them or what's the latest status on your business integration progress with them. It makes it more frustrating for someone that wants to vote yes for this when I see that most of the costs in the proposal are not directly associated with the integrations.

I think by and large most of us care a lot more about the business integrations rather than the conference. Doesn't seem to make a lot of sense and while you might feel like your efforts are under-appreciated, your not helping yourself with how you present what's actually going on.
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0 points,1 month ago
Thank you Ageless, good questions (to bad the answers are not )
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-1 point,1 month ago
Hello Ageless,

Thanks for your comment and questions.

1. We're getting 4 Staff on Salary for 2 months. They'd be responsible for following up on all the integrations till they are fully concluded.

2. The events are for Merchants Adoption/ announcement of concluded integrations. The Yellowcard.io integration allows people buy Dash in smaller units offline. Kurecoin allows you to buy/ sell Dash, bank Dash as a collateral for a loan.

2b. The events allow us to sign up new merchants. The reasons we couldn't do this were *Lack of POS, No liquidity. Both issues have been resolved. It's time to sign up the merchants.

This can't be virtual ad we need to demonstrate the Pos and liquidity process.

The banners will be customised for each integration/ event and can't be reused for another event. However, we will put them on strategic locations after the events.

The shipping of the prints to Abuja from Lagos was added to making the shirts $15. That was why we separated the prices of the shirts.

The giveaways would be to patronize these new merchants and yellowcard.io.
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2 points,1 month ago
My question is what does:

3. Integrate Dash to major Blockchain/ Cryptocurrency platforms such as; Kurecoin (exchange and bank), Bitpesa (remittances) Yellowcard (Sales of Small denominations of Dash such as $5, $10, $20 $50), Cryptostorez (E-commerce). source: https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/taking-dash-to-blockchain-ai-conference-other-parts-of-nigeria.40401/

have to do with the conference?
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1 point,1 month ago
Nothing, he just trying to use different language to justify asking for funds. Full stop.
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2 points,1 month ago
You're basically saying Kurecoinhub 80% complete, Yellowcard 70% complete and Cryptostorez 80% complete will either not happen or be suspended if this proposal doesn't pass and most of the funds are going to something that should be unrelated(the conference). Do you not see the issue I'm having understanding?
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0 points,1 month ago
Integrations require people to patronize the services.

Been integrated for free, a certain amount of users/transactions must be met in the first 60 days of the integration. Integrations should be accompanied with publicity and marketing to increase usage.
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0 points,1 month ago
Earlier this year, We contacted Belfrics to list Dash and we charged $25,000 as listing fee.

In order to exclude listing fees, there must be users.

We go for this option as it's cheaper and enables us do proper marketing.

Asides this, there are some other services our staff would perform to ensure successful integrations and for the first 2 months afterwards.

We had such awareness for Bitrefill and Nigeria had the highest users of Dash to refill their phones via bitrefill.com for the most part of this year.
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1 point,1 month ago
Do you really think this is answering my question. So much unrelated information to what i was asking. Im not going to try again. I simply don't understand why you not going to the conference prevents these "near complete" integrations.
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0 points,1 month ago
Hi Ageless,

I think there's a mix.

We're participating in 1 conference and organising 2 conferences.

The Blockchain and AI conference is for us to meet potential businesses, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency platforms that could integrate Dash. Also, it increases our visibility by giving us strategic publicity.

The Blockchain conference in October doesn't affect the current integrations in anyway, I was referring to the 2 conferences we will organise in November and December.

Apologies the information wasn't clearly stated, we're on improving our communications.

Thanks.
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1 point,1 month ago
Status of Business Integrations

1. Kurecoinhub.com - Over 80% complete

2. Yellowcard.io - Over 70% complete

3. Cryptostorez - Over 80% complete

4. Bitpesa and others - Still in communications with the companies. We will deliver timely updates to the community and we are also in touch with Dash Core to ensure we get the terms for each right.

Thanks.
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3 points,1 month ago
Kindly take note that the price of Dash for part A of this proposal was pegged at $300 per Dash rather than the current price of Dash which is about $185.

We negotiated with the sponsors to accept Dash at the value of $300 and they agreed after series of negotiations. We did this to reduce cost. This proposal is underpriced and not overpriced as some think.

That singular action saves 22 Dash.

I implore MNOs to read this piece for more insight: https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/alert-dash-major-adoption-plans-about-to-be-forestalled.40868/#post-197835
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-1 point,1 month ago
Seems like an elaborate way to pay back everyone who agrred to trade at a value of '300'
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2 points,1 month ago
Dash Watch September 26th 2018 Report on
Building a Dashy Africa - Phase 2 by lnstantKarmaFund
http://bit.ly/DWDashyAfricaSEP18
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-2 points,1 month ago
I can't make heads nor tails of most of the proposals in Africa, but based on good faith alone I keep voting yes.
Unlike with proposals for and from Venezuela which was also difficult to gauge in the beginning, they have substantially improved.

What I understand from Africa is that there are a couple of people traveling over the Massive continent that is Africa.
I don't know for which things they can take credit for, personally I think most Exchanges would have probably listened Dash without there present (please challenge me on this with PROOF if you can).

Just to be clear the goal is adoption, I am fine with a bit of recon, but unlike Caracas in Venezuela we don't have a base of power or foothold if you will anywhere in Africa. I believe we need that foothold.

Other than that I do believe that KuvaCash is doing the right thing in Zimbabwe/Africa. (well I can look past there insults even does directed at me personally). I understand we can't expect that level of professionalism from Africa because most of Africa is far less developed including the people. But I have also have not seen any growth in it either.
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0 points,1 month ago
Hi A_node_to_a_Master,

1. Our last proposal had no trip in it and this doesn't either. There's the Dash Hub Africa team that does travels and are based in Ghana, while I and my team are based in Nigeria.

2. "personally I think most Exchanges would have probably listened Dash without there present (please challenge me on this with PROOF if you can)"

No major exchange in Nigeria listed Dash without our work. Luno, Remitano, Belfrics, Tanjalo and several others don't have Dash. Remitano recently listed Ripple but turned down our request for them to list Dash.

We've succeeded with getting listed in some with the recent being Kurecoinhub.com.

3. Foothold of Dash in Nigeria is Lagos.
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1 point,1 month ago
I also don't like the fact that the proposal owners from Africa keep spamming all the other forums as well (reddit, dash.org/forum, discord). The spam does not offer any new insights either, its the same bold claims that are very vague.
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0 points,1 month ago
The travel was by invitation and not paid for via proposal, this was stated somewhere, I don't have link...
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-1 point,1 month ago
I am not sure what you're talking about, from what I understood Dash Africa is active in multiple country's within Africa, this is not just one trip.
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-2 points,1 month ago
Why is my post getting down-voted ?

I take the time to read and ask questions, and I offer Dash Africa a bit more slack because, from what I am seeing it's allot hard to get things done in Africa than it is Western country that has, fast inet, fast computers, better exchanges and exchange rate, higher educate people (make it quicker to explain this complicated thing called crypto-currency).

And no reason giving why I am being down-voted.

* I am changing my votes to no because I have not gotten a good answers, and based on my down-votes I feel confident my post has been read.
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-2 points,1 month ago
Fello mno urge you to undertake some research, the work may be happening but at an overly high price point. After speaking to several well known african users I have independently confirmed the above mentioned.

Vote No
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0 points,1 month ago
Hi Realmrhack,

We're glad you've changed your stance from believing our "effort is fruitless" to "the work may be happening but at an overly high price point".

1. There are only 2 teams working in Nigeria. Dashy Africa and Dash Squad. Kindly give full information on your claim or you stop posting speculation as fact.

2. Our work in Nigeria is highly underpriced. If this proposal fails to pass, kindly note that the following would happen:

a. Dash-Yellowcard.io integration would be stalled
b. Dash-kurecoinhub.com integration would be suspended indefinitely.
c. Dash-cryptostorez integration wouldn't be able to be completed.
d. Dash-Bitpesa integration wouldn't be any longer.

3. Getting a proposal to pass is primarily for the benefit of the community and not for the PO.

4. When tomorrow comes, we'd appreciate no finger pointing to the low adoption and use of Dash in Africa when African Proposals get negative votes without justification.

Kindly weigh the options before you vote.

Cheers!

Nathaniel Luz
dashafrica.org
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3 points,1 month ago
Africa Countries need Massive Usage of DASH, If this progressive momentum of Ideas and funding is continued in this territory our economy will be transformed, Also Dash would be the best solution to Cash.

Dear MNOs Kindly Vote Yes for a win win in Africa and Dash.

Bestie
Abdullah Adeleke
Dash Hub Africa
Coordinator
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0 points,1 month ago
Is it just me or are most of the video's difficult to listen to. Words to are not spoken clearly enough.
There is room for improvement there I believe, and I hope it's better in real life.
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1 point,1 month ago
Thanks for your observation. We promise to improve on subsequent videos.

Apologies.

Banking on your support.

Thanks.
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2 points,1 month ago
I'm liking this proposal. It is focused on merchant adoption, education and integrations. This is how Venezuela started off. I say we fund them for this proposal and monitor progress. Funding for future proposals will depend on progress made here. As Kuva found out, the money can be turned off.
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2 points,1 month ago
i agree.
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1 point,1 month ago
Thanks Qwizzie for your support.
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2 points,1 month ago
Thanks Zwolf.

The success recorded thus far in Venezuela is amazing and can be replicated in African countries.

We've done so much without funding lately and can't wait to get funded to do more.

Thanks for your support and anticipate great results.
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2 points,2 months ago
I want to say more. This team is so hard working, they cost so little when compared to Venezuela and do just as much. They are behind Venezuela now because they haven't been funded all summer. Really, the comments I see from some MNOs are so unfair, and considering the potential Africa holds, having such a dedicated team on the ground who have reached out to neighboring countries (by invitation, not by spending funds that we've given them for other things) we can set the continent on a roll never seen before. Give the people the freedom, and the rapers will lose. This will set off a Renascence in Africa, it simply can do nothing else. It is human nature to grow when allowed to. Dash's network will grow from this now, not much but slowly. However 10 to 20 years from now, Africa will bey like China with or without Dash (the genie is out of the bottle). Lets make it WITH Dash!
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1 point,1 month ago
Thanks greatly for your support.

If given the support like our friends in Venezuela, we'd deliver outstanding results in merchants adoption, integrations and use of Dash in Africa.

We've done a lot to reduce cost and we hope this proposal which is less than 1% of the budget this month would pass.
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2 points,2 months ago
You guys are killing it, keep it up! Seriously, we have got to keep the momentum going, please show your support fellow MNOs!!
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1 point,1 month ago
Glad to know our work is noticed.

Kindly stay tuned for major news coming out of Africa soon.
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1 point,2 months ago
dashafrica.org redirects to creativityvilla.com
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-1 point,2 months ago
Hi Acedian,

Thanks for your comment.

However dashafrica.org doesn't redirect anywhere else but loads the website directly.

Kindly try it again. Thanks.

https://dashafrica.org
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0 points,2 months ago
Yep, it's fine now. Not sure what the issue was.
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1 point,2 months ago
Banking on your support.

Thanks.
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1 point,2 months ago
@nathanielluz please provide numbers of volume in USD so we can compare apples to apples
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-1 point,2 months ago
1. Can you stick to a thread and not mess up this proposal, thanks.

2. What do you mean by volumes?
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0 points,2 months ago
Im an MNO and asking questions just like every other MNO. Why are you reluctant to provide this information?

Volume in USD convert the naira volume to USD so we can determine network impact and roi in an apples to apple scenerio
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0 points,2 months ago
I don't clearly understand you please. I totally felt you were just against the proposal for no just reason but now I can see you want this to be good.

Okay, to be sure am not getting your comment totally wrong let me ask you this question:

Do you mean the total cost of the proposal converted from USD to Naira?

Thanks.
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1 point,2 months ago
This effort is fruitless compares to venezuala the merchant count is more or less stagnant voting NO
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2 points,2 months ago
I disagree. Africa hasn't got the same infrastructure that Venezuela has, however it has infinitely more potential, and I mean INFINITELY. Look at the cost alone compared to Venezuela. We have put FAR fewer resources into Africa and yet we are #1 on the continent. It's about time we return our focus to our team in West Africa. They have been working tirelessly in the most repressed part of the world. Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him forever. That is what we are doing here, teaching them about Dash, and once the world opens up to them (IE no Banking brick walls) even those in the bush can enter the modern market place, and hopefully protect what they have by themselves with their financial freedom.
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-2 points,2 months ago
Hi Realmrhack,

Thanks for your comment.

However, we wish to state that adoption isn't sudden. It requires efforts.

Merchants and businesses adoption can only happen with the required infrastructure in place.

Thanks to Anypay POS denominated in Naira and Coindirect exchange that has integrated Dash for easy liquidation.

Also, people can't spend Dash daily till there's an opportunity to buy Dash in smaller units such as $3 for instance. Exchanges don't provide this so we had to discuss with Yellowcard.io and they have integrated Dash also.

Kindly note that these integrations come at little or no cost to the network.

Now we've created some infrastructures, full scale merchants adoption may now take place.

The work going on in Venezuela is amazing, kindly note that they've gotten more funding and more teams which should definitely produce higher results.

Nigeria being the highest users of Dash to refill their phones monthly for several months this year is a proof of ongoing adoption.

Less than a year ago, there was no Dash exchange in Nigeria, today there are several.

Nigeria are the second highest users of Paxful, the statistics from Remitano, Luno and Local Bitcoins are high also.

Think about this same traffic, adoption and usage coming to Dash. Of course, it should because Dash has more advantages over Bitcoin.

We're banking on your support and other MNOs to make Africa Dashy.
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